Advice for New Students @ Belhaven

So I asked two of our returning students to give me some advice they would have liked to have when they first came to Belhaven that they had not gotten…… and this is what they came up with

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Greetings from Colorado and no Humidity,

College Advice, What’s Happening this Summer, and Tidbits

My name is Lindsay Downs. I’ll be a junior (a 15th grader! 😉  graphic designer at Belhaven this upcoming year. I came in last year as a transfer student.  It was almost unreal that a jewel of a school is right here in Jackson, MS. My first year here was challenging, uplifting, and an experience I won’t forget. Being a transfer my biggest concern was:

“Crud. I have to do this all over again?”

Mostly, this came from memories of orientation and settling in.  My orientation was a class at my former school, not a one week ordeal. Either I passed or failed at being admitted into a new phase in my life: college. Well, whatever. There’s 5 things that work to pass. It doesn’t whether you’re a freshmen, senior, transfer, or someone in-between.

  1. A maturing personal relationship with The Lord
  2. Dedication and Passion:
  3. Hard Work: Utilize what God has given you to the best of your abilities
  4. Family and friends that will encourage, guide, and influence you in the ways of Christ
  5. The people God leads into your life for a reason, good or bad. That annoying kid brother or counter lady at Piggly Wiggly with the mobile mole? Yep. They count! Every person that I’ve come to know or meet in passing has impacted me in some way. There’s always something to learn from your life experiences and none are dumb or worthless!

My personal challenge in college (and in general) would be time management. Sometimes too much is going on at once and it’s hard to make the necessary time and focus to do what needs to be done. My biggest mistake when I was a freshmen was I was involved in too much. It distracted me! I need to remember to keep The Lord in sight at all times. Then will things will be clear and in focus. The Holy Spirit is like the lens of your soul. He adjusts what needs to be captured.

Advice as a designer:

Some of our best ideas as designers and artists come from lazy, spontaneous, and unexplainable moments. A mantra from a former professor of mine:

K.I.S.S: Keep It Simple, Stupid.

And it works!

And of course God’s Word:

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD Godis with you. He will not fail you or forsake you…”

1 Chronicles 28:20

What’s happening this summer:

I am working as a receptionist and as a freelance graphic designer for Pierret Designs (a jewelry company) in downtown  Denver as well as a legal assistant and file clerk at The Hopp Law Firm, LLC  in downtown Denver.

My duties at Pierret consist of making sure orders are tracked, shipped/delivered, photos are taken, and on the side updating their business cards and creating a brochure for their services (I hope my photos uploaded)

The law firm consists of doing legal processing like bankruptcies, filing (lots of filing), and managing given projects like creating presentations for upcoming meetings. Grunt work basically.

These opportunities have been a blessing in learning how a small business runs, staying organized, and conducting myself as a professional but most importantly as woman of God. Anything I do should be for his glory and not my own dreams and ambitions.

Lastly, led God lead, my plans reach epic levels of stupidity and human limitations, so the wisest (and painless) way life works is when He’s in charge. And He is!

Lindsay's Summer Work

Lindsay's Summer Work

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Ok here are my ideas…

The old adage is true, you get out what you put in. If you aren’t very interested in a class, still put forth an effort. You’ll respect yourself in the end.

It’s not enough to care. You have to SHOW that you care.

The people around you are your biggest asset. Surround yourself with people that you can trust, but also make you laugh.

If you aren’t making an effort in a class you may feel that your professors are out to get you.

Your professors don’t hate you. In fact, they want to see you do well more than you do.

Dr. Martin might be a pool shark. 🙂

1 hour of Chapel is better than 2 hours of Community Service. It’s not worth the nap to miss it.

If the sprinklers are on, it’s probably also raining. 🙁

The food in the Dining Commons probably won’t kill you…(at least not until you are 50 with a coronary) 😉

If you play in the fountain late at night, watch for security and be ready to run into the shadows!

Emily Mabry
Sparrow Ink Design
emily@sparrowinkdesign.com
www.sparrowinkdesign.com <http://www.sparrowinkdesign.com>

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Thanks you two for fearlessly sharing, there is some pretty good advice up there.  Have a good Friday and we are looking forward to the first Monday of the semester! 🙂

Inspiration & Creativity

I enjoy reading a few blogs by different Artists and Craftsman and I think I have pointed out David Duchemin‘s blog before, but I read a post from the other day (and in turn another person’s blog ) on Inspiration, it’s usage, and what is becoming of creativity.  So continuing the string that has been started here I really want to encourage you to read 2 blog posts:

First this one by Owen Shifflett entitled:

Consumption: How Inspiration Killed, Then Ate, Creativity






Now read this post by David Duchemin:

In Defence of Inspiration






So what do you think. Is inspiration a bad deal? Is creativity dead?  & Why?

Font Family Contest- KEC

Font Monster Family Portrait

Meet the Hoostens

Mr. Hoosten is just one of those men... err... owls that one is lucky to know. Very wise and knowledgeable (as an owl should be) with a great kind heart; he started college as an engineering major, but decided to pursue counseling (and the future Mrs. Hoosten) instead.

Mr. Hoosten is just one of those men... err... owls that one is lucky to know. Very wise and knowledgeable (as an owl should be) with a great kind heart; he started college as an engineering major, but decided to pursue counseling (and the future Mrs. Hoosten) instead.

Mrs. Hoosten was the secret envy of every boy owl in college with an inner beauty to rival her outer beauty. Spunky and vivacious, she was never lacking in true friends. Little did anyone expect that she had fallen in love with the rather quiet and reserved Hoosten.

Mrs. Hoosten was the secret envy of every boy owl in college with an inner beauty to rival her outer beauty. Spunky and vivacious, she was never lacking in true friends. Little did anyone expect that she had fallen in love with the rather quiet and reserved Hoosten.

Sophie, whose name means wisdom, is the first born of the Hoostens. Now a teenager, she's just a little sassy, causing her wit to often manifest itself in well timed sarcasm. All the other owls have to stay on their toes to keep up in a conversation with Sophie.

Sophie, whose name means wisdom, is the first born of the Hoostens. Now a teenager, she's just a little sassy, causing her wit to often manifest itself in well timed sarcasm. All the other owls have to stay on their toes to keep up in a conversation with Sophie.

Joshua is Sophie's baby brother. Just getting to that very curious age, he often finds himself in trouble, though never on purpose. Luckily, no one can ever stay mad at him because he is so genuinely loving... and adorable.

Joshua is Sophie's baby brother. Just getting to that very curious age, he often finds himself in trouble, though never on purpose. Luckily, no one can ever stay mad at him because he is so genuinely loving... and adorable.

"'Cause I'd get a thousand hugs From ten thousand lightning bugs As they tried to teach me how to dance" ~Fireflies by Owl City

"'Cause I'd get a thousand hugs From ten thousand lightning bugs As they tried to teach me how to dance" ~Fireflies by Owl City

Font Family Popularity Contest

Alright the time has come for some more student projects.  I am going to post some ‘Font Monster Families’ created by the students.  Please vote for your favorites, and yes you can vote for more than one.  You can voice your approval by leaving your comments on this blog or by choosing ‘like’ or commenting on our  facebook page.  In the  ‘Families’ assignment the students were asked to create two parents of opposite genders, two children of opposite genders, and a pet.  The characters must be completely created from fonts but can be manipulated to create the desired creative effect.  The children are supposed to look as if they are some sort of a parental combination while still being their own unique font.   In addition to the individual creations, I also asked that there be a ‘famliy’ portrait as well.  All that to say I think these are great and fun and of course full of personality and design!! 🙂   Oh and in case I wasn’t clear you are voting by your comments and when it is all over there will be a winner and there is a prize (and it is more than just a good grade!)